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Ohio House Speaker Says False Testimony On 'Magnetizing' Vaccines Won't Change Policies

[John Minchillo / AP]

The Speaker of the Ohio House said false comments made this week during testimony by an anti-vax doctor is out of the ordinary. He doesn’t think changes need to be made to fact-check speakers in the future or stop their messages from being spread online through the state’s broadcast service.

Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp hasn't said much about the false statements made by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny that COVID vaccines could somehow magnetize people so their keys could stick to their body. He also doesn’t think there’s reason to revisit the process for broadcasting committee meetings online.

“Those kind of things are aberration. Most of the people who come to testify provide very valuable information to the committee as they deliberate on proposed legislation. I think it’s a valuable service to the people of Ohio to be able to tune in and to see that," Cupp said.

National news outlets and late-night comedians have drawn attention to the false testimony given in a House committee hearing recently for a bill that would ban employers from requiring emploees to get COVID-19 vaccines.

During the hearing the nurse unsuccessfully tried to get a key to stick to her neck.